Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Doggie Sweater - on a StickCat!

Crazy I know. But I didn't have a big enough stick and who else am I going to get to model this? I don't do dogs. I had to chase Ripple around the apartment to get a photo of him in it. Doggie Sweater in profile Love the attitude, eh? Stick your tongue out at me will ya. Vile cat. Where's your manners? Butt shot Gratuitious butt shot. Doggie Sweater on a Cat! Belly shot! See that seam up the center? I added a couple rows of single crochet edging to it to add a bit of room (the dog has a 21 1/2" chest and I barely got it to block to that). If all goes well and I get this sucker dried by the time I leave for knit group tonight, Donald will have this at his station when he gets to work in the morning. I don't think that'll happen though. This sucker took a while to dry for it's initial blocking pre-ribbed edging. Details: Pattern: You know that book "Puppy Knits" - I based this off the directions for the cover sweater but said screw it to the fair aisle. Yarn: Paton's Classic Merino Wool in Leaf Green and Russet Less than a skein each. Needles: US Size 6 for the body, 4 for the leg ribbing and 5 for the rest of the ribbing. Started on Friday November 24 - body finished same day and laid out to block. Edging and seaming done Monday & Tuesday November 27th and 28th. Model: Ripple. The unhappy cat.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Shedir is She-done

Shedir! Shedir! Oh baby, well She-done! She-done! I went crazy 'cus she cables like a flower and she twists like a tree, like every hat, in history. Thank you William Hung. I have mangled this song as badly as you. But check it out! Shedir 3 I finished Shedir! Shedir is a Christmas present for my BiL. After all the work that went into it though, damn I wish I could keep it. Ah well. Shedir! Shedir! Shedir 2 She-done! She-done! Too bad it's not getting shipped to Sheboygan or that no shenanigans ensued as a result of a shyster's interference in it's creation. heh. Because if there were a shyster snooping around my Shedir, I'd know. 112806 016 112806 017 Of course, Shedir would also be susceptible to the likes of Shakira in which case we'd rock out. 112806 019 'Cus you know, Shakira not only rocks out on a dance floor ('cus you know her hips don't lie) but I hear she's pretty hot naked too. At least that's what I hear from all sorts of spammers. And spammers don't lie. If spammers lied all sorts of shenanigans would ensue because liars are shysters. Heh. Shedir! Shedir! Oh baby.... Pattern: Shedir from the Breast Cancer Awareness Issue of Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (1 and some balls) Needles: US 3 Started: November 19th Finished: November 27th Edited to fix some silly typographical erros and layout issues.

Friday, November 24, 2006

A Classic Yarn Pr0n Friday

Patons Classic Wool, that is. I'll be knitting this into a little doggie sweater today for my wonderful hairstylist, Donald. He's worth it. I don't do doggie sweaters for just anyone. I don't buy two different books to get the right measurements for just anyone either. But I digress. Here it is. Paton's Classic Wool in "Leaf Green". I'll be combining it with a nice chocolate brown. His dog is white so it should look pretty kick ass when completed. Think I can do it in a day? Think I'll want to? Heh. Patons Classic Wool in Leaf Green Hope y'all had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Little Known Facts about the Resident Reptile

YES. I got tagged again. This time by Rosi.G. Yeah, I could whip out Mimi for this. But I won't. I'll go with it. I have nothing else to blog about today so why not! Besides. I can tag 4 other people and make them do it to! Ha! A) Four jobs I have had in my life: 1. Administrative Assistant 2. Bartender 3. Waitress/Hostess 4. House Painter B) Four movies I would watch over and over 1. Pulp Fiction 2. The Princess Bride 3. O Brother Where Art Thou? 4. Steel Magnolias C) Four places I have lived 1. Moira, NY 2. Louisville, KY 3. Burlington, VT (just a summer, but still) 4. Charlotte, NC D) Four TV shows I love to watch: 1. Deadwood! (sniff) 2. Weeds 3. Dexter 4. Survivor E) I have been on vacation: 1. Orlando, FL 2. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3. Manzanita, OR 4. Seattle, WA F) Websites visited daily: 1. Knitty Forum 2. The Kingdom of Loathing 3. G Mail 4. Bloglines G) Four of my favorite foods: 1. Lasagna 2. Mashed Potatos 3. Prime Rib 4. Apple Pie (My mom's - accept no substitutions.) H) Four places I would rather be right now: 1. Home in NY (Or heck, home here in NC) 2. Maryland 3. Seattle 4. Phoenix I) Four people I’m tagging with this questionnaire: 1. Bezzie 2. Rain (You knew that was coming didn't you?) 3. Stefaneener 4. Trillian42

Monday, November 20, 2006

It's a Tit Bit Nupply Around Here

Nupps! 3 down, 2 charts to go. There's something to be said for stating your goals. I was talking to one of the customers at the yarn shop Saturday (Hi Amy!) and we were talking about lace. I said the one thing I wanted to do sunday was to get through the next chart on my Swallowtail Lace Shawl. The Lily of the Valley Border 1. 12 rows. It took all afternoon (between watching the football game - Go Panthers! - cleaning the fish tank, then running to the store for new bulbs since I broke the others in the hood, etc.) but I got it done. It felt so good, I made dinner, fed the cats (putting Morris in the yarn room so Ripple wouldn't eat his food) then I cast on for Shedir (I'd link to it, but it's from the Breast Cancer Awareness Issue of knitty, and it's a pdf full of patterns, not just a simple link to Shedir.) Shedir Brim I got the first 10 rows completed. Then I completed the first BBF Feather and Fan Sock. BBF Feather and Fan Sock And worked on the second one. BBF F&F Sock #2 Toe As I was on my way to bed after a productive day of knitting, I remembered something. Morris 3 Whoops. I left him in the yarn room alone for about 3 1/2 or 4 hours. Poor boy went right for the litter box. Sorry, MoMo.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Blogstalking the Questionables

As in, "why the hell do I have this still?" Or even, "Where the hell did this come from in the first place?" Well, I know where my crap came from, but why I still have it, who knows? KY PlateFirst up, my license plate from when I lived in Kentucky for a year. It's a pretty plate, but beyond that, why do I still have it? My understanding was the plate stayed with the car, so when the car came with me to Charloote, the plate did too. Dunno if you're sposta (yes I know that's not a word but it makes me laugh) send it back but, um, I've had it for 7 years now. I think I'm safe. TrophiesNext up, my bowling trophies. Yes folks, turtle was a bowler. From 6th grade through graduation from high school, I bowled in the Young American Bowler's Association (or, YABA). I wasn't too bad either. My mother is way better, but hey, she's been bowling well over 30 years. (I'm told the last time she missed a bowling night was after I was born. She didn't trust me alone with my Dad yet when bowling started back up in the fall. I think it was only one or two nights that she missed though. Guess she got over it pretty quick.) These things just collect dust though. I've thought about yoinking off the plates that say what they're for and framing those, but I don't know. Y'all got any ideas? Baseball 2Finally, this baseball. I think it's from sometime from 1990-1992 or so. It's the Toronto Blue Jays. I am not a Blue Jays fan. Never have been. I'm originally a Montreal Expos fan then a Mets fan (my family followed Gary Carter from one team to the next.) I did, however, travel to Toronto with the band (no we didn't play, it was just a trip we earned through fundraising) and we went to see the Blue Jays play. Whoopty-do. I can tell that Moises Alou's name is on it. Fun name to say, eh? Moises. hee. Anyway. Any diehard Toronto fans out there want this thing?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Accio Sock Yarn!

Wow, no blog posts since Monday. Didja miss me? Heh. I forgot to mention that I'd be out of town on bidness this week. I was up in beautiful (yet somewhat chilly) Hyannis, Massachusetts. Cape Cod. It was nice. But it was all work (and some play, but none that allowed me to find the local yarn shops. Phooey.) When I came back late last night, I had a stack of mail waiting for me. One of which came from the wonderful Zonda. When we met up recently, she mentioned she had managed to get her hands on 2 hanks of Sunshine Yarns Gryffindor Sock yarn. One of which made a pair of socks for her DD. I admired her ability to get to websites at just the right time to grab what most other miss completely. You see, I'd been wanting this yarn for a while. Not for me. No no. To make socks for my nephew to match the scarf I made him for Christmas last year. Well, Zonda just made my nephew a happy, happy boy. Not that he knows it yet, but he will come his birthday in the spring. Check out the goods: Sunshine Yarns Gryffindor Sock Yarn I'm thinking of doing the heel and toe in a contrasting yarn so that I can add length as needed while his feet are still growing. He's 12, so his feet aren't nearly done growing yet and I'd like for him to get as many years as possible out of any pairs of socks I make for him. So. I'm nearly finished one of the Citrus Feather and Fan socks. A plane ride will do that for a project. Heh. I just need to make sure I'm happy with the cuff length then binKP Classic Circs Peeling Coatingd it off. I've already started the second one, so no fear of SSS there. But while knitting these, I'd noticed something disturbing. I'm using my Size 1 KP Classic Circs and the coating is peeling! Check it out! (And yes, I did cut my nails down.) The needles now have little ridges where the coating has peeled. I swapped Tvini for these, so I'm not sure I can complain to KP myself, or if I should ask her to. What do y'all think? Edited to fix the title. Assio, Accio. Toe-may-toe Toe-mah-toe right? Wrong. Bleh. Thanks Adam! Edited AGAIN to say that I called Knit Picks, and y'all are right about their customer service! They're sending me a new set right away! Yay!

Monday, November 13, 2006

How Turtle Got Her Groove Back

Yo My mojo was gone. It seemed every sock yarn I touched was cursed. First, it was the Anastasia Socks. I wasn't facing facts for that post. I cleverly arranged the socks such that they appeared the same. But in fact, one cuff was an inch longer than the other. An inch! Then, it was the Fixation socks. Again, I cleverly arranged the socks so that they looked the same. In fact, there was a gaping hole at the top of one gusset. Then, there was the Diamante. I wanted to do the pattern, and I wanted to use that yarn, problem was, they didn't work together. So, I frogged. So I started a simple feather and fan sock. I used the magic cast-on, size 0 (!) needles, 72 stitches, the Diamante heel - all was well. Then I started the cuff and promptly screwed the pooch on that. First, I was repeating it wrong and ending up with too many stitches. Then, after I fixed that and had done about 3 inches of cuff, I went to try it on. I couldn't get it on. It didn't help that I was knitting it so tightly that I was getting at least 11 stitches to the inch. I didn't want to admit that I'd screwed it up again. I thought the yarn was cursed. I put it down for a few days. I didn't want to have to frog it. I thought of making them for my mom instead, with the narrow foot. Surely she would be able to get it on. But I really wanted this yarn for myself. I put it in it's bag and let it sit. It mocked me from inside it's bag. "You'll never get me right! You'll keep frogging me until I fray and can't be knit any more!" My sock knitting was a joke. It felt like I couldn't knit a sock to fit my foot to save my life. Sure, I'd successfully knit a few pairs in the past for myself. But overall, I've failed more than I've succeeded. Or so it seemed. I needed to get my confidence back. First, I ripped back the cuff of the shorter Anastasia and knit it to the appropriate length. That felt good to get that done. So I did what any knitter would do. I started another sock. With yarn I love. Lorna's Laces. Sensational KS  Sock Progress - something rib The pattern is from the book Sensational Knitted Socks. Knit on 80 stitches on size 1s (9.5 stitches to the inch - tight knitter that I apparently am) these suckers are sure to fit me. It's a 24 row pattern, so I'm using my row counter bracelet. You're looking at 2 repeats right there. It felt good to get that done. Then, I patched up the hole in the fixation sock. And I felt even better. Then I was ready to face it. I picked up the bag with the cursed sock inside, and opened it. The needles were already off of it because I needed them for the Anastasia sock. All I had to do was pull. How far though? If I rip back to the beginning of the cuff, right after I finished the heel, and then start on 1s, it would probably fit, but I couldn't be sure. I didn't want to screw it up again. So I kept pulling. and frogged that heel. I frogged back to the last gusset round. And I added a few more stitches, and a few more rows. Then I started that heel over again. BBF Feather & Fan Progress And dammit, it felt good. This one is going to fit. And so will the Lorna's Laces one. My sock knitting career is looking up.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Leeesa Soooozaaaaaah!

Today's pr0n is brought to you by Blue Moon Fiber Arts and Lisa Souza. But you gotta say that "Leeeesa Soooozaaaaah!" Like the ladies from Lime 'n Violet say it. Ripple thinks I'm crazy because I'll just randomly look at him and say, "Leeeesa Soooozaaaaah!" Heh. ANYWAY. The wonderful Trillian42 sent me a lil something from Stitches East. She saw it and thought of me immediately. I introduced her to the Lime 'n Violet podcast a little while ago. You see, she wasn't a podcast listener but I told her she had to listen to Lime and Violet because they are freakin' hilarious. Y'all should listen to them. Seriously. What a hoot! So, on with the pr0n. Lime 'n Violet Silk Merino Top! Lisa Souza Lime 'n Violet Top Lisa Souza Lime 'n Violet Silk Merino Top Yup. She's making me work for it. Fortunately, I just bought a top whorl spindle and had a refresher course on Tuesday night from Meta Thompson at our guild meeting. (This refresher consisted of me, watching her like a stalker.) But I think I got it. I'll be playing with the Swaledale Roving that Spin sent me this weekend, we'll see how I do. Next up, some Socks that Rock straight from Rhinebeck! The awesome Rosi. G sent this to me along with some KP Classic Circs that she swapped me for some pattern row counters. This is the "Dreidel" colorway in STR Medium Weight. Socks that Rock! Dreidel 2 Socks that Rock! Dreidel Wow. This stuff is gorgeous. Though my luck with sock knitting lately is anything but stellar (more on that this weekend) this yarn really gets me thinking. What pattern does it want to be? What size needles does it want to be knit on? Inquiring minds want to know. Any suggestions?

Thursday, November 09, 2006


It's my Knit-blogiversary. I switched this here bloggy thing over to a knit blog one year ago today. Since everybody and their brother is having a blog contest for their blogiversary, and you know I hate jumping on bandwagons, I won't be doing that. But there are two people I'd like to thank for being with me since the beginning. Rain and Elisabeth. You see, I made my first knit-related post on November 9th, 2005. On November 10th, I got my first comment. It was Rain. On November 16th, I got my first bloglines subscriber. It was Elisabeth. I had no idea until I signed up for Bloglines myself this past July. Elisabeth was the first knit blogger that I put a button on my blog for. It started the whole pimping of the blog, and my stalking of so very many other bloggers. These two wonderful ladies are what got me blogging. Funny what one comment can do for a person. Every day that I post, I am constantly amazed that anyone out there even cares to read what I have to say. Much less respond. Or even keep coming back. And for that, I thank each and every single one of you. I can only hope the next year proves to be as fruitful for me. So Rain and Elisabeth, if you're out there reading this, please, e-mail me or PM me through the knittyboard with your address. I'd like to send you a little something as a thank you for being here for me since the beginning. And as you all know, eventually I cave to the whole bandwagon thing, so lets do this. Currently, I have 90 subscribers through bloglines, 43 of you are public. Once I get to 76 public subscribers (76 because I'm turtlegirl76 - ha ha - get it?) I'll have a drawing. The prize will be - what else - Koigu!! But since I'm selfish and won't part with any of my own stash, you get to pick out your very own colorway as available at Knit Happens. If you're overseas, we'll work something out. Don't you worry. So, if you haven't subscribed yet - do it! (just make sure it's a public subscription so I can see you) My blogstalking life totally changed when I found bloglines. So if you still go by bookmarks, get thee to bloglines and sign up! It's free! Drawing will happen as soon as I reach the magic number. ETA - Nope, Google Reader doesn't count. Unless one of you can figure out how I can see who is subscribed to me through it. Right now, I have a google reader account, and I did subscribe to my own blog, but still can't figure out who else is subscribed. So screw it. Bloglines only. Besides, it's what changed my blog-reading world so why not pimp it? And if you are already subscribed, but privately, you can change it by going to your feeds, click on my blog and in the upper right hand corner you'll see "edit subscription". You can go in there and change it in a drop down box from private to public.

Lacevember Questionnaire

Thank God this isn't a meme. I'd have to whip out the button. It's the Lacevember questionnaire, and since Knitting Mamma asked, I thought I'd fill it out. The knitting questions, or the usual suspects How long have you been knitting? Just over a year now, though I learned two years ago this coming Christmas. How did you learn to knit? My mommy taught me. Favorite thing about knitting? What’s not to love? I love seeing the yarn transform into something right in my hands before my very eyes! How long have you been knitting lace? About 3 weeks now. Favorite thing about knitting lace. It’s not plain stockinette. It keeps me on my toes. The yarn questions, or flash your stash Favorite lace yarn? Um. *shrug* I don’t know. I’m not using a laceweight yarn for this project. variegated or solids for shawls? I’ve seen both used and think they’re both lovely in the right project, but I have to say I favor solid. It shows off the stitch pattern better. Favorite lace color? Uhh. Umm….dunno yet. Technique, or show us your skillz Circs or straights? Circs! Favorite lace knitting trick? Using my Pattern Row Counter to keep track of my rows rather than a kacha kacha, or pencil and paper. Lifelines? If so with what? Dental floss. And I haven’t put one in on this project yet, but after the next purl row I will. I have one more pattern row to go before I’m done this section of my shawl. Fancy blocking wires, or just sewing pins stuck in your carpet? We’ll see. I think I’m going to check out home depot for some of that welding wire I hear tell works. Pattern, or can you follow directions shawls or lacey items? Shawls probably. triangle, rectangle, or circular shawls? Um. This is my first and it’s a triangle. I cannot comment on the other kind as far as knitting them goes, but I would say I like the look of them all! Charts or printed instructions? Both if possible, but I’ve finally gotten used to reading charts. Favorite lace you've knit? *blink blink* Favorite lace you want to knit? I still want to knit the Adamas Shawl from Knit Picks. I will conquer it! Just Fun, yup that's right, just for fun Favorite jelly belly flavor? Juicy Pear Tell me everything you know about Eric the Red..... Is that the big red dog from the children’s books? No, I suppose it’s a Viking. And other than saying he probably had red hair and his name was Eric and he was probably Norse, I couldn’t tell ya. Coke, classic or with lime? Diet and Caffeine Free actually. Holiday carols, sing along, or wish they would be banned from all public airwaves? Banned from all public airwaves prior to December 1st. What is the definition of irony? Apparently not 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife. Or meeting the man of my dreams and then meeting his beautiful wife. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop? 3 according to the commercials. But I’m not a licker. I’m a sucker so, um, 1. 1 really, really long one. Why is my cat always puking in front of my son's bedroom door? Is that the only part of the house with carpet? What is your superhero power? I am able to whack the corner of every desk, table and filing cabinet with incredible force, resulting in a fabulous display of black and blue marks all over my body. If the laundry is 9 foot by 11 foot (just dreaming, that's a big laundry room), and the walls are 8 feet tall, and you are going to tile the entire room in tiles that are 3 inches by 5 inches, what color should those tiles be? 42 What's for dinner tonight? Probably a cookie at Books-a-Million. Ahh, the single life. Edit - I filled this out yesterday and it ended up being a cupcake. Heh. What is clogging my children's bathtub drain? I’m guessing yarn.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Playing Catch-Up

Now that I have my camera in working order, with a nice big-ass 1 Gb memory card and everything, I thought it was high time I took pics of some gifties I've received lately. First up, the Circular Needle Case that Trillian42 made just for me! Circular Needle Case from Pam Check out that turtle fabric! Isn't it cute? This sucker holds all my Addis PLUS my KP Classic Circs and still has room for 2 more sizes! Yay custom made cases! Check out the buttons on it: Turtle Button! Aren't they perfect?! Yay! She also gifted me with a funny bobble-headed snapping turtle and a bottle of mead. I sorta forgot to photograph those. And NOT because I've already consumed the mead. I haven't. I swear! I'm saving it up. Next up, in a battle between needle cases, we have Zonda's colorful submission. Zonda's Circular Needle Case Aren't I a lucky turtle to be gifted not one, but 2 circular needles cases within a week of each other? She was worried I wouldn't like it since it's a different style than you usually see. She needn't worry! It's cool as hell! She was also worried that I wouldn't really need it since I'd mentioned that Trillian42 had made one for me in a blog entry right before I saw her Sunday. No no. Not the case. I have plans for this sucker. They involved adding some grommits to the corners on one end. I'll be hanging this up in my yarn room and put it to good use! One never has too many needles anyway. Right? Heh. I love it! Next up, AliceC gifted me with some Koigu mill ends and a yummy body salt scrub from Bath & Body Works. Ooooh. Alice's Gift to Me Even Ripple had to sniff the Koigu. (Camera whore that he is.) And I can't forget the Mountain Colors Bearfoot that Zonda also gifted to me! Mountain Colors Bearfoot She'd found herself in the envious position of having 2 hanks of this colorway and saw me mention on the knittyboards that I'd never seen this stuff in the wild. And now I have it to love and squeeze and call George! This stuff is everything I've heard about it and better. I don't think, besides Lorna's Laces, that I've ever felt such a soft sock yarn. Wow! And the colors are just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing the sock yarn love Zonda! I was also gifted some absolutely scrummy bodywash and lotion by Roxy that didn't get photographed as they've already been employed and are residing in my bathroom. Holy crap does that stuff smell good! And I can't forget to mention the lovely AKKnitter who recently sent me some fun little turtles she came across and thought of me. (Funny that, seeing turtles and associating themm with me. Whodathunk?) I have some crafty plans for these guys so you'll see them in the future when they're in their final resting place. If I've forgot anything, please flog me in the comments and remind me and I'll be sure to make up for that in a subsequent post. I've been a busy turtle lately and can't rely on my memory right now. There. All caught up. *phew*

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Can I Move to Harris Teeter?

So, the blogstalking thing didn't really pan out in time for this last weekend, and as we were pondering what to do, I brought up the bathroom at my local grocery store that left me completely taken off guard. I mean look: Harris Teeter Bathroom This is a GROCERY STORE people! Check out the baby changing station: Baby Changing Station at Harris Teeter I couldn't get over it. I mean, I know this is a nice grocery store in a rather pricey part of town, but still. Harris Teeter Bathroom Stall Can I move in? Seriously. Wow. So there. That's something that took me completely off guard lately (though not so off guard as to not pull out my camera.) It was that or fall foliage. I figured I'd take the road less traveled and bring to you potty pr0n. Heh. BBF Sock ProgressAnd how about an update on my latest sock while we're here? This last weekend, the foot saw a lot of progress. This is my first time working with Size 0 needles, so it's been slow going up to now. I love the fabric that's resulting, and I'm pleased with the fit. Though I'm getting a good 10 stitches to the inch, 72 stitches is rather snug, but it fits. So, last night, I light a fire, and prepared for the heel. Now, I've decided I love the reverse heel flap on a toe-up heel. And I felt bad frogging Diamante, but I also knew it took 72 stitches and had a neat heel flap. So I went with it. And lo, we have a heel. Diamante Heel!And yes, that's a teeny weeny stitch marker with Swarovski Crystals hanging from it. I found them while bead shopping with Trillian42 last weekend. They're my birthstone, how could I pass them up? And I have teeny weeny jumprings, so why not use them for my size 0s? They fit perfectly. And it's pretty to look at. I'm also working on a Swallowtail Lace Shawl for Lacevember. But I really need to get a better progress pic than the one I posted over there. Let's just say, it's coming along really well.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Neener neener neener!

I met Yarner! And got to visit with Zonda again! Yarner, ZKnitter and Me! As you see, I didn't get the memo to wear orange, but I still fit in just fine with these two women! What a hoot! We met up in Greensboro, NC (about an hour and a half north of me) and spent a nice Sunday afternoon laughing our asses off for the most part. Yarner treated Zonda and I to a nice lunch, she showed us how to knit backwards (you don't believe it until you see it in action. wow.) then we settled in at Barnes & Nobel for the next few hours and munched on sugar cookies and got hopped up on Starbucks. (Mmm...Maple Mocchiato) I worked on my Citrus Sock (formerly a Diamante, now it's going to have a feather and fan cuff, and Diamante's heel), Zonda worked on her Anastasia Socks (and we have a short row heel folks! Give her a round of applause! It was her first!) And Deb, well. Deb worked on my Fuzzy Foot. Seems she forgot her knitting at her sister's house. Heh. But now I have a complete Fuzzy Foot! (Though she "Kitchner's for No Man." So I still have to do that bit.) What a wonderful day. And it's nice to know that she has family she visits fairly regularly so close by. So I'm near guaranteed to see her again in the future! And Zonda and I will most certainly meet more in the future as well. As soon as we figure out a good halfway meeting point for us. What a wonderful afternoon!

Friday, November 03, 2006

The Yarn Pr0n! (Doo do doooo)

Sockotta #05Pr0n, exciting and new Click a link, we're expecting you Pr0n, yarn's sweetest reward Check your stash, it looks back at you Yarn Pr0n! (doo do doo) Soon we'll be surfing around the ring The Yarn Pr0n! Fridays there's something for everyone Get a towel for your drool Your mind on a new fiber Yarn won't be blurred or fogged It's a close up fiber on a friendly blog Yes yarn... It's yarn... Yarn Pr0n! Soon we'll be surfing around the ring The Yarn Pr0n! Fridays there's something for everyone Get a towel for your drool Your mind on a new fiber Yarn won't blurred or fogged It's a close up fiber on a friendly blog It's yarn... It's yarn... It's yarn... It's the Yarn Pr0n It's the Yarn Pr0n Ok, now that's I've made you suffer through my lame re-write of The Love Boat Theme Song (apologies to Jack Jones) on with the pr0n. Lemme tell ya, I still haven't had a chance to thoroughly go through the manual yet, but just using the macro function, and a natural light setting, this camera is fan-freakin'-tastic. Wow. Well, on with the show. Just call me Julie. Above to your right, you see Sockotta Sock yarn that just screamed "It's fall, it's cold, and dammit, I look like autumn leaves. Buy me." So, I did. Heh. It's color #05. Below, you'll immediately recognize it as Koigu KPPPM. Koigu! KPPPM Scrummy, no? Who can resist the gold-flecked browns or the splashing colors of the sea? Who? Not me, that's for damn sure. And finally, Lorna's Laces in the color "Icehouse." Ooooh, baby. Is this some gorgeous stuff or what? See how it goes so well with the Koigu? Lorna's Laces Icehouse Now, if that yarn were water, would you not want to set a course for adventure, your mind on a new romance? And with that, please don't shoot me. I could've chosen a worse song to be stuck in your head all day.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Meet the Fuji FinePix F20!

Oh, the pr0n this new camera shall give. Just take a look at the shots I got before I even bothered with the manual. INSIDE! AT NIGHT! 2006_1101FirstShoot0016 Koigu! Oooh, yeah baby. I'm gonna have some fun with the official photo shoot tonight. This is just a bonus set of pr0n for y'all to tide you over through the next 24 hours. My friend and I settled on the Fuji FinePix F20. And y'all were joking when you said you could picture me with a hank of yarn at the store testing the pr0n capacity, but you weren't far off. I had my Alpaca Entrelac Scarf on and we were testing it out on that. Gotta check the fiber capacity ya know. Heh. I still have more stuff I need to photograph. Like the awesome circular needle case that Trillian42 made for me. And the Koigu(!) that AliceC gave me, and the body souffle stuff that Roxy gave me! I was one lucky turtle this weekend. But first, some IKEA stuff. I had several of you ask if I got any yarn storage stuff at IKEA. Oh yes, of course I did! Check it out. IKEA Yarny Storage! That's my "nice" sock yarns hanging in those green things. I got my Koigu, STR, Lorna's Laces, Cherry Tree Hill, and various and sundry etsy-shop yarns. Oooh yeah. And then there was the stuff I got because y'all know, I wanna be Trillian42. Heh. There's the chair: 2006_1101FirstShoot0028 Morris has already claimed it as his sleeping nest while I'm gone at work. Ripple tries to snag it from me whenever I get up out of it. Don't think I won't sit my ass right back down on top of him to reclaim it. Heh. Then there's the DVD storage:2006_1101FirstShoot0029

Now to figure out where to store the boxes. Hmm.

I also got a couple big ass shelves, but until I paint the yarn room, I won't be installing those. It's in the works though. I do believe it'll be the same color as my bathroom. A nice bright green! As LaBean would say, "Weeeeeee!"

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

R.I.P. HP Photosmart 735

The camera. She is no more. She can take pictures, but they are dark. Oh, so dark. The flash. It is dead. I have not been able to test the pr0n capacity, but that point is moot. I shall be purchasing a new camera after work today. My lovely photographer pal (she of the snazzy Hepburnesque pic of me in the upper righthand corner) has helped me select a new one. Maybe then I can show you the neato stuff I bought at IKEA. *le sigh*